Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionPhenomenal® Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) or French lavender lives up to its name! It has everything you love about lavender plants - fragrant purple flowers and handsome silver foliage - but is much more tolerant of the cold, wet winters that kill other varieties. Plus, this lavender flower blooms later than other lavender types, so it's an excellent season extender.
This variety's hallmark is that it doesn't die back from the bottom, commonly seen in other hardy lavender types. It remains thick and full throughout the entire plant! Worry less knowing this lavender is heat, drought, and wind tolerant, and unbothered by deer or rabbits. Lavender plant care is a breeze, just sit back and watch it thrive in your sunny garden!
Quick history: Lloyd & Candy Traven selected this variety at their Pennsylvania garden, where it showed exceptional winter tolerance.DetailsBotanical name:Lavandula x intermedia 'Niko' Patent #: USPP 24,193 Common name: French lavender Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 2-2.5 feet tall x 2 -3 feet wide Flower color: Lavender Foliage color: Silvery-green Season of interest: Summer Bloom time: midsummer, late summer Features: Rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, fragrant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best sellers, best for beginners Uses: Container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, massing, ornamental, herb gardens How To GrowSoil: Any well-drained soil will do. Lavender cannot tolerate wet soils for any length of time. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Water: Dry to average. Very tolerant of dry conditions once established. Spacing: 18 - 24 inches feet Fertilizing: Lavender plants need little in the way of fertilizer. However, if your plants are severely set back by winter damage, you could apply some granular garden fertilizer in early spring to give it a boost in its recovery. Winterizing: Plants may get some damage in winter, which can be exacerbated by wet soil conditions. Maintenance & pruning: Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune once or twice a year to keep plant shapely. Prune in the spring after the lavender wakes up. Wait until the lavender has new growth (do not worry if it takes a while to wake up).
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